London Art Fair returns for 27th edition in January

Changkyum Kim: Water Shadow

Changkyum Kim: Water Shadow. One of the artworks at the London Art Fair 2015 from London’s Hanmi Gallery


The London Art Fair, the UK’s premier Fair for Modern British and contemporary art, kicks off the cultural calendar with its 27th edition at the Business Design Centre, Islington, from 21-25 January 2015.

The Fair presents a unique overview of the art world, with 128 exhibitors ranging from established UK-based Modern British and contemporary galleries to innovative emerging spaces in Art Projects; as well as international gallery presentations from Milan, Paris, Toronto and New York. With an engaging programme of curated exhibitions, talks, tours, films and performances, the Fair provides an inspiring and supportive environment for collectors of all levels.

New features and highlights for 2015 include a museum partnership with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, presenting an exhibition of key works from their collection in ‘The Figure in Modern British Art‘; two monumental sculptures by Eduardo Paolozzi installed outside the Fair; international ‘Dialogues‘ selected by Anna Colin, co-curator of the next British Art Show taking place in  at the Leeds Art Gallery in October 2015; Photo50: ‘Against Nature’ an exhibition of photographic installations curated by Sheyi Bankale of Next Level Projects; the inaugural Art Projects Artist Award, furnished by the Fair’s education sponsor Sotheby’s Institute of Art; a film programme in partnership with LIMA, Amsterdam; and live performances including B.I.N.G.O, an interactive game led by artists Henry/Bragg and the premiere of William Mackrell’s North South.

For Pallant House Gallery: ‘The Figure in Modern British Art’, Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery, curates a unique exhibition focusing on paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the leading British figurative artists of the 20th century including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, Lucian Freud, William Coldstream and Frank Auerbach. Housed in a specially designed pavilion at the front of the main Fair, ‘The Figure in Modern British Art’ will explore how different artists in Britain approached the human figure and will feature a selection of exceptional works drawn from Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection.

The pavilion also hosts a selection of leading dealers; Jonathan Clark Fine Art, PIANO NOBILE and Rowntree Clark, presenting work from their strong Modern British holdings.

Modern British highlights include Rowntree Clark’s recreation of the 1966 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, featuring earlier works from the five artists exhibited: Anthony Caro, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen, Robyn Denny and Richard Smith. Several Modern British galleries, including Alan Wheatley Art and Goodman Fine Art, will carry work by leading Scottish abstract painter Alan Davie RA, who died in 2014 just before a major exhibition of his work at Tate Britain.

Merville Galleries will display a major new sculpture by Susie MacMurray, ‘Medusa’, alongside work by Modern British artists Keith Coventry and Craigie Aitchison, and Gilden’s Arts Gallery present an original 1940s Picasso portrait of Dora Maar.

Contemporary highlights include The Multiple Store’s new edition by Yinka Shonibare MBE, ‘Kaleidoscope’, which playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations; while Redfern Gallery will bring a new edition of prints by American artist Linda Karshan. Contemporary designer makers include Joseph Walsh, whose exquisite woodwork is on show with Oliver Sears Gallery, Edmund de Waal’s ceramics at Crane Kalman Gallery and other leading ceramicists at Erskine, Hall & Coe. Beers Contemporary will celebrate many of the contemporary painters highlighted in their recent Thames & Hudson publication ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’, including G L Brierley and Andrew Salgado and visitors to the Fair will encounter ‘Something Left But Not Forgotten’ a sculpture by Tim Ellis, of FOLD Gallery | London, in the foyer.

New exhibitors for 2015, RABLEY CONTEMPORARY will be showing drawings and sculptures from Eileen Cooper RA, ahead of a solo show at the Royal Academy later in the year, and The Reel Poster Gallery will exhibit a collection of rare original film posters including those from Scorsese, Hitchcock and one of only two surviving posters from the Marx Brothers ‘A Day At The Races’ (1937). New international galleries for 2015 include Rainhart Gallery (Brussels), Voies Off Gallery (Arles), Galerie Martin Kudlek (Cologne) and Hamburg Kennedy Photographs (New York).

An extensive programme of talks, tours and critical debates takes place throughout the week in association with partners such as the Contemporary Art Society, ArtTactic, Apollo magazine, Lund Humphries, The Arts Desk, Photoworks and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. All are free to attend with a valid ticket to the Fair.

London Art Fair Logo• London Art Fair tickets are now on sale at £14 (plus £1.50 booking fee) in advance, including a copy of the 2015 Fair Guide (to be collected at the Fair). Advance tickets are available until 19 January 2015. Tickets on the door are £20. Web:

• Ticketing information: Day Ticket: £14.00 adv. / £20.00 on the door / £13.00 conc.; Six Day Ticket (includes Preview Evening): £30.00 adv. / £35.00 on the door; Preview Evening: Available only in advance £25.00; Child under 12 years old (accompanied by an adult): FREE. Please note: £1.50 booking fee applies per ticket purchased in advance 

• Opening Times: Tuesday 20 January VIP Preview: 3pm – 6.00.00pm/Preview Evening: 6.00pm – 9.00pm | Wednesday 21 January – Photography Focus Day 11.00am – 9.00pm | Thursday 22nd January  11.00am – 9.00pm |  Friday 23rd January 11.00am – 7.00pm | Saturday 24th January 10.00am – 7.00pm |  Sunday 25th January 10.00am – 5.00pm

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